At over 30 miles, our planned ride out to Dalbeattie today was a bit of a longer run than our normal winter rides – so it was nice to have six keen winter riders (one of whom had already ridden there from Dalbeattie) gather at the Whitesands by Devorgilla Bridge.
We couldn’t have ordered better weather for today’s ride, certainly for November, with no frost, some sunshine, and even a light tailwind on the ride out.
We took the Maxwelltown Path and the Glen Road to avoid some of the ‘unnecessary’ hills that the Old Military Road specialises in and kept our speed moderate – six is a nice number because we could ride in pairs for much of the way, and this means the ride leader can gauge the pace by ear: when the chatting stops, the ride is going too fast! As it was, the conversation flowed except on the stiffest of climbs on the way out.
Despite this, we still made good time to Dalbeattie and arrived at the Granite Kitchen just before one. This proved an excellent cafe stop, with friendly staff, prompt service and delicious food, including a range of gluten free options.
As seems to be the tradition on our winter rides, we diminished in number as the ride returned home – with two dropping out at Dalbeattie, another one leaving us at Crocketford, one peeling off at Shawhead and another at Lochfoot. We can only hope that Tom made it all the way home …
Our next ride is on New Year’s Day – a gentle run to Caerlaverock to get 2017 off on the right foot, or possibly pedal.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to come and admire our Christmas tree at the festival next weekend!